Unauthorised town bonfire raises safety concerns

Residents are urged to be safe this Bonfire Night
Residents are urged to be safe this Bonfire Night
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Peterhead residents are being urged to be safe this Bonfire Night by attending organised events rather than staging their own.

Aberdeenshire Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are taking precautions to prevent serious injuries and accidents at the Gadle Braes site.

There have been a number of serious safety concerns about the Gadle Braes bonfire in previous years with some residents voicing concerns that their windows cracked due to the heat while others believed it was too close to people’s homes.

There were also concerns that dangerous items were added to the bonfire.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We have already received reports of illegal dumping of materials in the area for the purposes of the bonfire’s construction and these have been and will continue to be removed.

“There is no licence in place for this event to be held, which places the organisers at risk.

“We do recognise the community view on this and will work with our partners in the Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland to ensure that any unauthorised activity is contained and managed.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: “Organised events are well managed and safer for everyone.

“Our attendance at bonfires could mean our resources are being taken away from other emergencies. It could have tragic consequences for those who urgently need our help.”